This week on Creannotators, I talked with artist Sanford Greene about the Eisner nominated Bitter Root!
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Bitter Root is one of my favorite ongoing comics of the last couple years, and a current Eisner nominated work for best continuing series of 2020. Greene, Walker, Brown and team are telling the story of a black family of monster hunters in 1920’s Harlem, quite literally fighting racism and the depths of man’s hate, while trying to carve out hope for a future.
I talked with Greene about how work on Marvel’s Power Man & Iron Fist with David F. Walker led to Bitter Root, and a wide variety of topics including the complicated process of how the artist designs hate and fear manifesting in literal monsters, firstly seen via out-and-out racism, and later in the text through a more complicated legacy of generational trauma.
Bitter Root Is:
Writers: David F Walker, Chuck Brown
Artist: Sanford Greene
Colors: Sanford Greene & Rico Renzi, Sofie Dodgson
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Editor: Heather Antos
Backmatter: John Jennings
Publisher: Image Comics
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